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Sundance Institute Announces 13 Projects for June Filmmakers & Screenwriters Labs

Sundance Institute

has announced the selection of 13 projects for the annual June Filmmakers and Screenwriters Labs, which take place at the Sundance Village in Utah.

This year’s Filmmakers Lab runs May 25 – June 24. During the first three weeks of the program, the selected eight filmmakers collaborate with professional actors and video production crews, shooting and editing key scenes from their scripts. Through this hands-on process, the directors can do a “dress rehearsal” of their material in an atmosphere where experimentation is encouraged. Filmmaker Lab participants also take part in the week-long Screenwriters Lab, when writers involved with five additional projects join the group to participate in one-on-one story conferences with established screenwriters.

During the Labs, participants work with a group of accomplished creative advisors as part of a month-long mentoring process. Gyula Gazdag returns for his 8th year as Artistic Director for the Filmmakers Lab. This year’s creative advisors include: Jon Amiel, John August, Jon Avnet, Bob Balaban, Walter Bernstein, Antonia Bird, Robert Caswell, Joan Darling, Anthony Drazan, Carol Doyle, Robert Elswit, Scott Frank, Carlin Glynn, Keith Gordon, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Ed Harris, Peter Hedges, Nicole Holofcener, Becky Johnston, Jeremy Kagan, Callie Khouri, Christopher Knopf, Christine Lahti, Michael Lehmann, Malia Scotch Marmo, Peter Masterson, Christopher McQuarrie, Peter Medak, Ron Nyswaner, Steven Poster, Robert Redford, Howard Rodman, Thomas Schlamme, Susan Shilliday, Joan Tewkesbury, Stanley Tucci, Barbara Tulliver, Tyger Williams, and Gary Winick.

The participants and projects selected for the 2004 June Filmmakers Lab are:

* Aditya Assarat (writer/director), HI-SO, Thailand: A coming-of-age love story that captures the music, the mood, and the ethos of modern day Bangkok.

* Sterlin Harjo (writer/director), FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND, U.S.A.: A mythical story that follows an American Indian, Cufe Smallhill, and his family as they come to terms with tragedy in a small town in Oklahoma.

* Peter Himmelstein (writer/director), PEEP WORLD, U.S.A.: A darkly comic day in the life of a family tormented by fact, fiction, and mortality.

* Zoe Hopkins (writer/director), CHERRY BLOSSOMS, Canada: A young Native girl decides to build a relationship with the father she never knew as part of her ceremonial passage into womanhood.

* Orlando “Dito” Montiel (writer/director), A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, U.S.A.: A quintessentially American story of a young man’s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and of the loyalties that bind him to a violent past and to the flawed and desperate saints that have guided him.

* Kieran and Michele Mulroney (co-writers/co-directors), PAPER MAN, U.S.A.: A frustrated writer spends a lonely winter on Cape Cod, where he is forced to choose between a world-weary superhero, an extinct bird and a 17-year-old local girl in this coming-of-middle-age story.

* Kazuo Ohno (writer/director), MR. CRUMPACKER AND THE MAN FROM THE LETTER, U.S.A.: An overbearing boss who has done everything in his life decides to reconfigure his company as a place of philosophical inquiry.

* Richard Press (writer/director), VIRTUAL LOVE, U.S.A.: The true story of Paul Monette’s harrowing friendship with Tony Johnson, a charismatic 15-year-old abuse survivor and cause celebre who became one of the most important people in Paul’s life – until it began to seem that maybe he didn’t actually exist.

These filmmakers will be joined at the 2003 June Screenwriters Lab by the following participants and projects:

* Ryan Eslinger (writer/director), WHEN A MAN FALLS IN THE FOREST, U.S.A.: The lives of three lonely men intersect as they struggle to overcome their deepening isolation as they search for connection.

* Ryan Fleck (co-writer/co-director) and Anna Boden (co-writer/co-director), HALF NELSON, U.S.A.: An inner-city junior high school teacher with a serious drug addiction forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret life.

* Juliana Francis (writer), SAINT LATRICE, U.S.A.: A 13-year-old mall worker retreats into her secret world, populated by a trio of divine girl pop stars, to escape the reality of her inappropriate relationship with an unhappy 40-year-old carpet salesman.

* Fatima Jebli-Ouazzani (writer/director), HALIMA’S PARADISE, Netherlands: An unconventional love triangle between a Moroccan woman, her husband, and the second wife he brings into their home to bear him a son.

* Catherine Stewart (writer/director), THE MOON, UNDER LATE CAPITALISM, South Africa: Set in post-apartheid South Africa, an ensemble of characters from different racial and class backrounds find unexpected fulfillment when their paths cross on the streets of Johannesburg.

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